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Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

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Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

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Sudan Protesters Return to the Streets as Negotiations Stall

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Weeks after paramilitaries unleashed a wave of brutality on Khartoum, Sudan’s civilian protest movement does not appear to be losing any momentum.

From Popular Representation to International Isolationism: AMLO’s First Seven Months in Power

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If AMLO’s first seven months are any indication, it’s going to be a long six years for the Mexican people.

London: Two Cities, Two Messages to China

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China and the UK have agreed a scheme which allows companies from both countries to dual list on the Shanghai and London Stock Exchanges. Financiers have hailed it as a milestone but politically, the UK’s relationship with China remains complicated - especially now that Britain’s minister for Asia has been suspended for alleged violent conduct.

Global Forecast (6-25-2019)

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A biting electoral loss for Turkey’s Erdogan, an unlikely winner in the US-China trade war, and the bizarre posturing dance between Iran and the United States continues.

Georgia Protests Put Russia Reset on Hold

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It appears as though the Georgian government has tumbled from the tightrope it has long been walking between Russia and the West.

New Allegations Risk Undermining Senegal’s Fight against Corruption

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Alleged improprieties unearthed by the BBC might be a case of doing more harm than good.

DRC Ebola Outbreak Jumps Border into Uganda

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The DRC Ebola outbreak, now the second-largest in history, has jumped borders for the first time.

US-Philippines Relations at the Root of China’s SCS Power Play

170623-N-ZW825-577 SUBIC BAY, Republic of Philippines (June 23, 2017) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) departs Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines at the conclusion of a scheduled port visit. Sterett is part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group and is the third deploying group operating under the command and control construct called 3rd Fleet Forward. U.S. 3rd Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of 3rd and 7th Fleets. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Byron C. Linder/Released) - cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors, modified - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Without the deterrence provided by US forces, China has had an easy time eroding the Philippines’ position in the South China Sea.

A Hit and Run in the West Philippine Sea?

130629-N-YU572-272 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 29, 2013) - The Philippine Coast Guard vessel Edsa (SARV 002), left, and the Philippine Navy frigate Gregorio Del Pilar (PF 15) steam in formation during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2013. More than 600 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Philippines 2013. U.S. Navy units participating in CARAT Philippines include the Fitzgerald with embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff, a U.S. Marine Corps landing force, and the diving and salvage vessels USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh) (RELEASED), cc Naval Surface Warriors, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Sparks are flying on social media following China’s sinking of a Philippines fishing boat in contested waters.

Trump’s New Wall? Mexico’s Southern Border

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Mexico has missed a golden opportunity to stand up to US bullying and provide a much-needed lesson on the continent’s deepening economic interdependence.

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